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World's Best Origami Book for Beginners

Updated on August 4, 2017
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Marie (aka CraftyMarie) has written hundreds of craft pages across the Internet. She writes many fun tutorials mostly for adult crafters.

World's best origami book recommended for beginners.
World's best origami book recommended for beginners. | Source

A Great Book Taking You Through the Basics and Much More

World's Best Origami was one of the first books on this fun, paper folding craft that I could actually understand - and I looked at a lot when I was first starting out with this paper craft.

Although it is written by Nick Robinson who has over 30 years of experience, it is clearly written and aimed at adult beginners and people (perhaps even older kids) who are new to this type of paper craft. It doesn't assume that you know lots of things before you start to read it.

I really love how, as my own confidence and skill level has expanded, the book actually has grown with me and now provides more intermediate level projects for me to try out too. It goes from very simple projects to get you hooked into it and works up to more advanced ones. You can read my personal review of this below.

Get the Paper Version NOT the Digital Kindle One!

I love that this book is aimed at adult beginners and not at kids. I have found it to be the best book on learning the essentials of this paper folding craft and it is packed with projects too. But DO get the paper version and not the digital Kindle one which is apparently hard to navigate. You want to be able to sit down and flick through this.

More Than 100 Projects to Get You Folding

World's Best Origami
World's Best Origami

I have the paperback version of this (I normally get Kindle versions but I've read that it is harder to follow the instructions on) and it is written and aimed at adult and older kids who are new to this craft. It assumes you know nothing and has lots of projects from beginner to advanced so this guide can last you a long long time.


What I Think of My Paperback Version

The first chapter gives a beginner all the basics that they really need to know or acts as a refresher for someone who hasn't done any paper folding for a long while. It takes you through the basics of folding, what paper to use which is very useful to someone new to this craft, an explanation of the origami symbols, creating common shapes and key techniques like bases that you really need to know.

You should read this explanatory first chapter before you start, even though some if it might have you wondering why you need to know that. Read it one time and then you might need to dip in and out of it again as you work through different projects in the book.

The rest of the book is laid out a little differently to how many beginner books on this topic are and, though a minority of people don't seem to like this, it's the main reason why I love this book so much. Instead of simply working from the easiest project to the hardest, the book now splits into chapters focusing on types of designs that you can create. It starts with chapter 2 (my favorite) which is devoted to folding birds. Each bird design is graded from an easy to a harder level of folding so you know which you might be able to attempt.

Other chapters include: animals, flowers, people, containers, geometric, modular, practical and fun. Every reader will have their own favorite chapters and projects to complete. There are over 100 diagrams for origami projects in this book which is more than ample to keep a beginner going for a jolly long time. I've had this book for a couple of years and I still love completing projects from it.

It's really aimed at adults. There are no color pictures on the inside nor completed photos that might appeal more to a younger audience. While, I'd appreciate seeing glossy color photos of the finished designs, it doesn't actually need to be in color and, of course, it would cost more to produce if it was.

The instructive diagrams are all incredibly clear and they come with descriptive text too. It's a really fun book and has some fantastic designs inside. I hope you've enjoyed reading this hub today, thanks for your visit. You can look inside a copy of this on Amazon on the product page to see if you might enjoy it half as much as I do.

One of the Projects I Made from this Book

A charming sailboat origami envelope design which you can fold from The World's Best Origami Book.
A charming sailboat origami envelope design which you can fold from The World's Best Origami Book. | Source

Other Origami Items I Would Recommend

An Origami Fold-a-Day Calendar

I get a page a day origami calendar every year and this is pretty good for people who are fairly new to the craft. The sets come in a neat box and there are lots of clear instructions provided.

Origami Kit for Beginners by Dover

I also have this beginner kit. It's a great set and what is really nice is that it comes with a load of nice paper too. However, I don't think it really qualifies as a beginner set as many of the designs are quite hard. It's more of an intermediate set with a few starting designs thrown in. But it's still good to get hold of as it's a great kit altogether.

© 2013 Marie

Are you just getting started with origami or are you buying for someone who is? Feel free to leave a comment for me below.

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      Marie 3 years ago

      @julieannbrady: It's easy enough to get back into. I'd recommend this book or one of those yearly Origami Calendar sets which comes with all the paper and instructions you need :)

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      Oh, it has been eons since I even tried any such paper craft as origami. I think it is such an artsy activity - would love to try it again and maybe start with an instructional book such as this one.